May 20, 2020
Yes, it was Teacher Appreciation Day/Parade last Friday! And yes, we all felt very appreciated. That sign …. driving in, did it for me. But as we felt the love from our families, I KNOW it was sent right back. WE APPRECIATE YOU ALL SO MUCH.
Having sat in on several virtual class meetings, it struck me how much you have been right there to support not only your own children but us as well. I saw parents darting in to sometimes fix a computer or sit with a “busy” first grader helping him to focus more on the screen. I also saw how many of you allowed your children to just be themselves as they explored this whole new arena of learning. Yes, there were the first few weeks of the younger children just getting used to Zooming – making faces at themselves, showing their teddy bears to the group while the teacher was explaining a worksheet, fixing their hair, lounging in and out of bed …. well, you get the picture. (Wish I had a camera going to catch some of the humor in all of that!). Time did settle that down a great deal.
And then there was the sadness and joy of the older students trying to keep each other’s spirits up during community meetings. The “professionalism” they showed as they presented their 8th grade research projects to their community. TED-talkers in the making.
Now we have some final things to do to wrap up this year: exams, senior project presentations, and of course – all of MSA’s notable Traditions and Rituals that happen at this time. You will be getting information about how we will be proceeding to do most of them “virtually” as is possible. It will not be quite the same but if we can imagine our invisible hands and hearts reaching out, we may come to understand that we are more connected than we realize.
Here’s to the final two weeks, to all we have learned through this experience, to what we will be setting up for next year, in person and virtually. But most importantly …. here’s to this remarkable group of families and faculty. “We celebrate our being here” together – at this particular time and under these particular circumstances - as the community of Montessori School of Anderson.
- Karen Holt
Dates to Remember
Remember that you can always check the MSA website calendar for upcoming calendar events.
May 20-26 - High School final exams
May 21-22 - Senior project presentations
May 25 - Memorial Day - All Programs Closed
May 27 - Lower Elementary Peace Ceremony (rising 4th graders), 10 AM
May 27 - Upper Elementary Star Ceremony (rising 7th graders), 11 AM
May 28 - Virtual Field Day
May 28 - Primary Riser Ceremony (virtual), 6:30 PM
May 28 - Middle School 8th Grade Ceremony (virtual), 7 PM
May 29 - Last day of school
May 29 - Material Pick-up/Drop-off Day (see note below)
May 29 - Yearbook distribution
June 6 - High School Graduation Ceremony
Material Pick-Up/Drop-Off Day
8:00 - 9:00 AM Infant/Toddler
9:00 - 10:00 AM Primary 1
10:00 - 11:00 AM Primary 3
11:00 - 12:00 PM Primary 2
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lower El
1:00 - 2:00 PM Upper El
2:00 - 3:00 PM Upper School
We realize that some families may have children in multiple levels. Those parents who do may decide which time to stop by and let us know which block they plan to attend so that we can plan accordingly and have their belongings ready.
Jostens is also working on a method for digital yearbook signing so our students can receive a signed digital memento alongside their physical copies of the yearbook. The digital signing feature should be available soon and we will pass that information along when it's finalized.
On Our Road
Teacher Appreciation Parade
- Dana Hill
Please enjoy these photos that Ginny Burt graciously took and provided from the event.
Tim Sonefelt & Upstate Magic Academy are offering a FREE online interactive magic workshop for kids (& parents too)! This WOW Workshop is available to our Montessori of Anderson family! Students will learn THREE AMAZING magic tricks they can perform with items you already have around the house. This fully INTERACTIVE workshop is totally free and will take place on your computer, phone or tablet using the popular ZOOM app. (it’s free too!) Parents, we encourage you to watch along with your student to get a feel for how we connect important life-skills with the magic and how our full online camps work. There are two dates for you to take advantage of the FREE Workshop: Wednesday May 20 (TODAY) or Wednesday May 27. Both will start at 2pm. While this is a totally free workshop, registration is required! SPACE IS LIMITED so register right away! You can register directly on Upstate Magic Academy’s website: http://upstatemagicacademy.com/
Once you register, you’ll receive special email with information about how to get the Zoom app (if you don’t already have it) and get into the meeting (it’s super-easy!), along with a short list of things to gather from around the house. That’s it, and you’ll be all set for the fun and learning! Remember, space is limited and free registration is required. Just visit http://upstatemagicacademy.com/ and scroll down to where you see the WOW Workshop logo! Take a look around the site while you’re there as well!
Making Face Shields
German Cultural Exchange
8th Grade Presentations
Haiku by Mary Hill
Please enjoy these haiku written by ninth-grader Mary Hill:
All staying distant.
Each house replete with chaos,
whilst shelves remain bare.
Outside My Window
The ground appears damp
With water droplets forming.
All creatures arise.
Remote Learning Photos and Video
MSA Fort Night
Paper Airplane Design
Supporting MSA Family Businesses
During this time of social distancing and staying home, we would like to spotlight our MSA Family Businesses:
Carolina Bauernhaus Brewery and Winery
Raines on Main
Please let us know if you own a small business that you would like to include on our MSA Family Businesses list. Email Jaime at firstname.lastname@example.org.